Timothy M. Smith

Timothy M. Smith

AMA Affiliated Groups

Contributing News Writer,

Timothy contributes news stories on a freelance basis. He was a senior staff writer at the AMA from 2016 to 2017 and has more than 10 years’ experience writing about health care. He previously served as director of communications for Venice Family Clinic, the then-largest free clinic in the country, where he wrote extensively about accessibility of care, health care reform and health policy. He is a graduate of Indiana University.

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Health Equity

Dermatology a bellwether of health inequities during COVID-19

Learn with the AMA how a skin manifestation of SARS-CoV-2 infection sheds light on racial and ethnic disparities in dermatologic care.

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Accelerating Change in Medical Education

New model for managing chronic disease begins in medical school

Learn with the AMA where to start to make chronic disease prevention and management a staple of medical education and practice.

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Accelerating Change in Medical Education

4 phases of adapting to change during COVID-19 and beyond

Learn with the AMA how master adaptive learners invent new approaches to clinical reasoning when older approaches don’t work or novel diseases emerge.

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Accelerating Change in Medical Education

How medical improv training sparks better communication, teamwork

Research shows improv training provides lasting insights for medical students starting their clinical rotations.

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Improve GME

Building lesson plans to make medical residents better teachers

Learn with the AMA how a core feature of high school education can be applied in medical schools and GME to improve clinical reasoning skills.

Resident and patient

Health Equity

Can simulations help residents uncover social needs affecting health?

Health inequity manifests throughout the health care system but nowhere more than in safety net settings. Learn with the AMA how to head it off.

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Residency applicant screening: What role should AI tools play?

Learn with the AMA and GME leaders how to refine AI screening tools to increase resident diversity and help meet the social mission of medicine.

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Accelerating Change in Medical Education

Medical students: Start here to learn about health systems science

This third pillar of medical education provides insight into an increasingly complex health care system, never more critical than when medicine is tested by a global pandemic.

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